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JRS Southern Africa is one of 10 geographic regions of the Jesuit Refugee Service, an international Catholic organisation affiliated to the Society of Jesus. The regional office in Southern Africa supports country programmes in Angola, Malawi, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. With a mandate to serve refugees and forcibly displaced persons, country projects include assisting refugees to access education, healthcare, and offering small business support.
JRS institutes legal workshops for refugees and government officials in order
to educate individuals about the rights of refugees. JRS also assists refugees
in filing appeals if they have been denied refugee status.
JRS works with Jesuit Commons: Higher Education on the Margins in Dzaleka
refugee camp to bring a variety of educational initiatives to displaced persons.
JRS also brings psychosocial programmes to refugees and displaced persons
requiring psychosocial support.
Zimbabwe, JRS works in Tongogara refugee camp to bring skills training to
refugees and displaced persons. These trainings include computing,
hairdressing, cosmetology and sewing classes. There are also initiatives that
work to bring accredited education and scholarship programmes to students in
Africa, JRS works with refugees in urban areas like Johannesburg and Pretoria
to generate income. Since Johannesburg is home to the largest urban refugee
population in the world, JRS works tirelessly with refugees to create sustainable
livelihoods and vocational training and assistance in setting up small
JRS Healthcare Workers in the Community
Coming to South Africa with dreams of being a medical doctor, Martin soon learned he had cancer. JRS has been by his side every step of the way through his treatment and recovery.
Refugee Voices: Overcoming Religious Persecution and Abuse
Abeba* is a 38 years old mother of five kids who escaped from Eritrea in 2011. Like many of her fellow refugees, Abeba escaped from Eritrea to Sudan for security reasons after been attacked from practicing her religion, Pente. Since coming to South Africa, Abeba's husband was abusive and left her after their fifth child was born with disabilities. With JRS' help, the child is able to attend preschool and receive physical and speech therapy regularly.
South Africa: Hairdressing Success
In 2008, Yvonne fled from Burundi with her five-year-old daughter. When she arrived, she didn’t know anyone and was given one week to stay in the country by Home Affairs. After many repeated visits, she gained status as an asylum-seeker. While in Burundi, Yvonne made money by selling food, but she did not have money to buy inventory to start selling again. She could not find work in South Africa for over one year. She completed the JRS Skill Centre training in hairdressing and now runs a salon in Pretoria.
JRS Elderly Program: Sharing Talents, Inspiring Confidence and Joy
Johannesburg, 16 September 2018—Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) South Africa offers a program for the elderly called “Old Age is a Time of Grace” through the Pastoral Care Department, under the supervision of Fr. Vaidas Lukosevicius, SJ and Marie-Christine Boudier. Through this weekly program, participants engage in activities to stimulate mind, body, and spirit together as a community.
Refugee Voices: Facing Xenophobia in the Health System
After facing gang rape and the killing of her husband in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Victoria* fled to South Africa where she has faced particular challenges in the health care system. JRS provides Victoria support and hope through the Women of Power support group.
Democratic Republic of Congo
United States of America
Central African Republic